Each of us is made up of generations of gene pools which makes us all unique. How we approach perimenopause and menopause depends on your individual journey. I always encourage women to take charge of their health, menopause is not a disease but a natural transition. I will provide you with an action plan to help you through your menopausal journey, I have extensive knowledge, with years of experience in menopause management and natural and complementary options.
Many women experience some physical and emotional symptoms during perimenopause and menopause caused by hormonal imbalances. Typically, a woman will begin to experience menopause symptoms such as insomnia, night sweats,headaches and changes in her periods around her mid-40’s as her body’s reproductive capability comes to the end. When a woman stops menstruating, and has not had a period for an entire year, she is considered in menopause. The average age of menopause is 51, but for some women it happens as early as 40 or as late as 55. Menopause is a process that happens over several years, it is divided into two phases. During the time of the natural menopausal transition (perimenopause), your periods can stop for a while and then start again. This may take four to five years and periods will still occur, sometimes sporadically. Post menopause occurs after menopause, once you have gone a full year without a period. It is usually in this stage that “menopausal symptoms” appear. Hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness (atrophy), night sweats, loss of libido along with other symptoms.
Physical symptoms begin when the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, and the decline of other hormones. Estrogen levels will decline over a period of years and when they get to a level that is low for you, symptoms will start to appear. Your emotional state may also produce symptoms in the form of sadness, anger or irrational mood swings. Symptoms vary widely because of the many effects that these hormones have on the female body. Estrogen regulates the menstrual cycle, affects the reproductive system, urinary tract, heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and brain. As a result, women can experience the symptoms of menopause over their entire body.
There are various ways to treat menopause symptoms, and reduce the risks associated with menopause. Your options are hormone replacement therapy, or natural supplements, lifestyles and nutrition or non-hormonal treatments.
Prescription medications are a popular choice. I prefer bio-identical hormones, which can be made by a compounding pharmacy and can be tailor made for you and your symptoms. Promoting hormone balance will decrease discomfort,and improve quality of life. Most menopausal women have hot flashes, and some choose to seek treatment as their hot flashes significantly disrupt their lives. There are options, and with a consultation I can help you decide which, if any, are right for you.
There are many menopausal products on the market so finding the right one that is best suited for your needs can be tricky. I prefer to recommend products which have evidence of clinical research and studies. The ingredients should be properly sourced and of high quality for absorption.